A senior Quinn Administration official is leaving his post amid continuing fallout from a patronage hiring scandal in the Illinois Department of Transportation.There's more:
Deputy Chief of Staff Sean O'Shea is going off the payroll, effective Friday, Aug. 29. He's held that position since August 2011, and his responsibilities included overseeing IDOT and its hiring of senior officials in policy positions.
A spokesman for the Quinn Administration confirmed the departure, but insisted it has nothing to do with the hiring matter.
State Executive Inspector General Ricardo Meza last week charged that the department effectively ignored state anti-patronage rules in recent years, hiring hundreds of staffers in policy-making positions for which political factors could be considered but actually using those workers in routine jobs like cutting grass, maintaining computer systems and filing paperwork.
Mr. O'Shea, a former Clinton White House staffer and aide to then-U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., was not available for comment.Imagine that.